STEM Program for Schools
The STW™ STEM Program for Schools is designed to increase the interest of middle and high school students in science. The entire program will be in the form of interactive and demonstrative sessions.
In addition to creating interest in the sciences among the students, this program will:
- Provide hands-on experience in running basic chemical tests through the use of manual chemical analysis kits and conducting biological observation of aquatic microorganisms through the use of a microscope connected to a laptop computer.
- Inculcate a capacity for critical thought that will have an impact on our present and future water problems.
- Develop real-time solutions and put them into regular, daily practice.
- Create awareness of and interest in the well-being and betterment of society.
Upon receiving consent from a school to participate in the program on a pre-established date, STW™ will set up a mobile water laboratory in a classroom where up to four (4) classes of 30 students can participate throughout the day, for a total of 120 students per day.
It costs Save The Water™ $5750 in start-up costs for equipment and $950 in recurring cost per class to bring the program to them, but it is brought to the schools free of charge, as STW™ finds grants and sponsors like you to support the program.
What will the school need to supply?
Before and During the Class
The school will provide a location to hold the classes, such as a classroom, semi-private common area, or laboratory facility. STW™ will need someone to be at the school at 7:30am to allow us access to the building to set up. Students will have their lunch hour, as part of their normal schedule and routine
After The Class
In return for this STEM program training, STW™ requests that after the conclusion of each program, the school staff and students involved with the program complete a survey. We use this data to measure the outcome, assess the potential impact, as well as collect some feedback for improving future classes.
The academic level of the information presented will be adjusted to specific student grade levels.
- Observation under a microscope: A trinocular microscope connected to a laptop computer will be set up in the classroom to observe water samples previously collected from a nearby water source. While one student looks through the microscope, the others can see the image on the computer screen. During this portion of the class, a background of freshwater ecology will be shared with the students.
- Demonstrations via basic wet chemistry analytical tests: These will be conducted to facilitate the students’ understanding of water contamination using the same water sample viewed under the microscope. All the reasoning and purpose behind the tests will also be shared.
- A display of an eco-landscape: This is used to demonstrate how water becomes contaminated.
- A live hand-in-the-water demonstration: This demonstration shows how chemicals in tap water are absorbed by the skin.
All the demonstrations are conducted in accordance with the scientific method, so that students are involved in questioning, conducting research, constructing hypotheses, performing experiments to test the hypotheses, and drawing conclusions.